Ira Berlin (1941-2018)

Ira Berlin's work focuses on American history, particularly the history of slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries. Published in 1974 his first book, “Slaves Without Masters: The Negro in the Antebellum South,” won the National Historical Society's Best First Book Prize. His most recent book published this year, “The Long Emancipation: The Demise of … Continue reading Ira Berlin (1941-2018)

ART: Diop’s Project Diaspora

Omar Viktor Diop's Project Diaspora (curatorial Statement by Raquel Wilson): "Starting his research during a four month residency in Màlaga, Spain, where he was immersed in the reality of being a stranger, Diop has focused this first installment on Europe during the 15th through 19th centuries. "Inspired by the many baroque artworks created during this … Continue reading ART: Diop’s Project Diaspora

BLOGROLL: Hunter on The Long History of Child-Snatching in the United States

Tera Hunter writes: "Most Americans are shocked by the increasingly frequent scenes of wailing mothers and babies being torn apart by government officers at the Mexican border. The Trump administration has ratcheted up the separation of children from parents as a way to deter migrants from Central America. "Some critics denounce this practice as “un-American.” … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Hunter on The Long History of Child-Snatching in the United States

BLOGROLL: Dize on Locating Enslaved Black Wet Nurses in Francophone Literature

Nathan Dize writes: "In George Sand’s 1832 idealist novel, Indiana, the eponymous protagonist is raised alongside her sœur de lait or “milk sister” Noun in the French Indian Ocean colony of Île Bourbon (present day Réunion). A “milk sister” was the daughter of the often enslaved wet nurse, and under French slave laws, children of … Continue reading BLOGROLL: Dize on Locating Enslaved Black Wet Nurses in Francophone Literature

DIGITAL: The Runaway Slaves in Britain Project Launches Today

Just launched: "The Runaway Slaves in Eighteenth-Century Britain project has created a searchable database of well over eight hundred newspaper advertisements placed by masters and owners seeking the capture and return of enslaved and bound people who had escaped. Many were of African descent, though a small number were from the Indian sub-continent and a … Continue reading DIGITAL: The Runaway Slaves in Britain Project Launches Today

DIGITAL: Block on Topic Modeling in Common-place (from 2006)

Sharon Block, “Doing More with Digitization: An Introduction to Topic Modeling of Early American Sources,” Common-Place 06, no. 02 (January 2006), http://www.common-place-archives.org/vol-06/no-02/tales/. "In the 1990s, for a research project on colonial sexual coercion, I read hundreds of microfilmed early American newspapers for references to rape trials. Partway through my research, Accessible Archives released CD-ROMs of … Continue reading DIGITAL: Block on Topic Modeling in Common-place (from 2006)

VIDEO: Martinique, Slavery, Reparations

Corinne Jean-Joseph, Maryse Duhamel (Mouvement international pour la Réparation), Guilhaume de Reynal, Eric Dédé (Tous Creole), Moise Odino (author, Corps Noirs, Tetes Républicaines), and Alexane Ozier-Lafontaine (Mouvement international pour la Réparation) discuss the history of slavery in Martinique and Caribbean and the movement for reparations in this episode. Watch: https://youtu.be/2KAbHK8XSoU H/T @JoeFWI on Twitter